Should I do psychology at university to become a therapist in the UK?Watch
I guess a side question is given what I told you, do you think I should be a clinical psychologist or a therapist? im swaying more towards therapist though.
you do the psychology degree, experience then apply for a competitve, self funded doctorate. then your employed as a counselling psychologist
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-prof...sychotherapist heres psychotherapist prospects
Psychology, as taught in university is predominantly an academic subject that doesn't train you in anything itself. Most psychology graduates do not work in mental health or as therapists. It can be the first stage of a very long journey to becoming a practitioner psychologist (Clinical, Counselling, Forensic, Health etc) that requires substantial postgraduate study that a small number go onto to do. Some psychologists do conduct therapym with Clinical and Counselling psychologists being required to train in several approaches as part of their qualification. However, they also have to do a lot of other things in their training too, particularly research and psychometrics. If you just want to do therapy, this is not the best route.
Counselling you don't need a degree for, but having that BPS graduate membership will open a lot of doors for you and allow for career development in the future.
Have you considered the Counselling Psychology doctorates? I too have very similar interests to what you're saying and I'm current completing a Psychology degree (part-time distance) whilst I work full time. I do hope that I'll be able to take a year out so that I can start working towards my Level 2/3/4 diploma in counselling but at the same time I'm considering is Psychotherapy training would be better suited... problem is that's 4 years part-time and not offered anywhere near where I live.
Counselling Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists I've noticed are often advertised alongside each other for NHS vacancies. Maybe this will be more for you than Clinical?